In Bulgaria people shake their heads up and down when they mean “NO” and nod left to right for “YES”
Number 19 it is! The ride to Sofia was slightly stressful. After checking few backroads I decided to stick to the main highway (8 – E80), which was not really clear to me if I was allowed on it or not. Anyway, there were only two drivers who honk at me on a stretch of 55 KM. Maybe in support? I doubt though…😀
Sofia welcomed me with a light rain, enough to get wet though. The infrastructure for the cyclists debatable. Okay, none existence… it also looks like disabled face the same challenge. After taking care of the hostel’s logistics I went for a stroll. After all I needed to recover my 2,600 kcal I lost on the way here and check on 2,000 years of history of a country occupied by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and of course Soviets in the past… While enjoying the spicy two sausages on bun the street vendor offered me to buy a wrist watch for the ‘super’ price. As soon I declined it, his plan B was to sell me a ‘silver’ coin for a good investment. No ‘investment ‘ here neither. Yes, I know, I am the lousy ‘investor.’
I don’t do walking tours too often, but the two hour one I just did this morning was really informative and engaging. A young tour guy named Niki was simply brilliant and full of ‘extra’ information. His passion in sharing the history of this, in my eyes, underestimated capital it opened my eyes on Sofia. I was the only ‘tourist’ from Canada today surrounded with mainly Europeans and, I believe, five Aussies. Since the tour was for no charge the donations were encouraged. At this time, I did decided to invest few euros into this intangible knowledge😎.
Aleko Konstantinov – first Bulgarian to write about his visits to Western Europe and America
Not adventures enough…
DID YOU KNOW?
That Sofia is one of the top 10 best places for start-up business in the world, especially in information technologies. This comes with a price though. Bulgaria has one of the lowest minimum salaries in Europe, and currently the lowest in the European Union.
Office house of the National Assembly (Former House of the Communist Party)
Banya Bashi Mosque from 1566 – built over natural thermal spas
The Chruch of St. George – the oldest building in Sofia (4th century)
Free mineral (thermal) water at 35C
Martenitsa – worn from the Baba Marta Day (March 1st) until the wearer first sees a stork, swallow or blossoming tree
The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – named after the Russian saint. It is also one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world.
The St Nedelya Church – on 16 April 1925, the Bulgarian Communist Party blew up the church’s roof during the funeral service of General Konstantin Georgiev killing 150 people